Friday, December 03, 2010

Hello Japan! mini-challenge: November link round-up

Hello Japan!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Hello Japan! mini-challenge for November. November's Hello Japan! task was a little different from previous months, the Hello Japan! meme, and it was a lot of fun reading everyone's answers to the five questions.
Here are some of the highlights:

Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza is working on folding 1000 origami cranes! She's promised to show us the final result and I can't wait to see it!

Sam at Sam Still Reading would like to visit Tokyo Disneyland and her favourite city is Sapporo.

JoV at Bibliojunkie's favourite author is Yukio Mishima, and she'd love to have her own Japanese garden.

Violet at Still Life with Books recommends the psycho-thrillers of Ryu Murakami and would like to stay at a Zen temple.

Zee at Zee's Worldly Obsessions is a big fan of manga and would love to spend a few months in Japan visiting Tokyo and Okinawa.

Novroz at Novroz' Favorite Things more than anything wants to see L'Arc~en~ciel live in concert!

sakura at chasing bawa would love to try shojin ryori and go to Kagoshima to research her grandfather's history.

Tony at Tony's Reading List recommends The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories as a great introduction to Japanese literature, and he'd love to see a live sumo match someday.

Sarah at Pictures, Thoughts and Comments would like to visit Hashima island, and would love to try traditional Kyoto cuisine.

Mee at Bookie Mee's favourite Japanese food is sashimi, and she'd really like to go to the Ghibli Museum.

litera of Litera-tour highly recommends Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata and would really like to visit an onsen in winter and enjoy a bath while snow is falling all around.

Gnoe at Graasland really wants to see the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan in the spring, and perhaps just a little shopping.

Both my husband and I answered the questions and no surprise, his favourite food is ramen! Plus we'd both like to visit Hokkaido.

And sneaking in just in time...

dreams at Between Tunisia and Japan loves origami, and would like to travel along the Japanese sea coast.

So there you have it. I hope I haven't missed anyone. I really enjoyed getting to know you all a little better through your love of Japan. If you haven't visited the other participants yet, please take the time to stop by. You can click on the links above to read their posts.

I also really appreciated getting your feedback on your favourite topics from this year. The two-month comparison challenge was mentioned by several of you, as were food-related topics and manga. So you can expect to see those again next year with perhaps a slight twist, we'll see. There were also some great suggestions of new topics and I'll try to fit those in as well.

Just a reminder that there is no Hello Japan! challenge this month. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not I think it's still a busy time of year for everyone with the New Year fast approaching. But don't worry, there definitely will be a new Hello Japan! mini-challenge in January. I'm thrilled that you've enjoyed discovering and sharing your Japanese experiences this year and hope you will continue to do so, and that we can together make Hello Japan! an even more fun event in 2011.

Last, but not least, it's time to let tell us who the winner is of the lovely illustrated book, A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson.

And it's.... litera!
Congratulations, I'll be in touch soon for your mailing address.

I also have an unannounced extra prize this month. After looking at the previous mini-challenges over the last year and a bit, I discovered that Novroz has participated in 11 out of 13 of them. That's impressive and also makes me very happy! So Novroz will be getting a small prize too.
What is the prize, you ask? Well, you'll have to wait and see because it's going to be a surprise but it's something I picked up last month especially for her and I'm pretty sure she'll love it!

Thanks again, everyone!

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  1. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!:) I'm so happy!^^

  2. Congratulations to both Litera and Novroz!

  3. Thank you so much for the link! I like how you've included a little bit about everyone- I'm going to have a busy blog reading weekend!
    Looking forward to January's challenge!

  4. YAY! Congrats to litera and Novroz! Prizes well deserved! :))

  5. Congratulations to the lucky winner, and thank you for hosting these great memes, Tanabata! Don't hold your breath for the 1,000 cranes, though, it's slow going. ;)

  6. Ee? I won something too?
    What a nice surprise... ありがとう たなばた-さん

    Hmmm...I wonder what I got,you make me curious ;)

    and Thank you all :)

  7. I was wondering if you, or someone is hosting a 2011 Japanese Reading challenge?

    I have several books for 2011 in mind.

  8. @Diane: Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge is still on and hopefully she'll start #5 sometime next year! ;)

  9. samstillreading - I'm glad you like the link round-up. :)

    Novroz - You're very welcome! It's well deserved. :)

    Diane - I'm hosting a Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge. It's Bellezza (above) who hosts the Japanese Literature Reading Challenge, which usually runs for half a year. I expect the next one to begin this summer.


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